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Master J. A. Ware

Uk
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  • White Bicycles

  • Making Music in the 1960s
  • By: Joe Boyd
  • Narrated by: Joe Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Joe Boyd tells of his journey through Sixties music, from tour managing Muddy Waters and Coleman Hawkins, to plugging in Bob Dylan's electric guitar while working as production manager at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, to becoming a leading record producer. His first session was Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood's "Crossroads" followed by Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, the Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny and many more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truly Excellent Book

  • By Colin on 02-05-13

Possibly the best book on music I've ever read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-19

Utterly fascinating book, both funny and moving in places.

Many books on music can be dry and opinionated, however Joe Boyd's reflection on this era through his own experiences and career are heartfelt and genuine without falling victim to glowing nostalgia, for this book also shares insight into the darker parts of the decade.

A must read for any musician, the conclusions drawn in closing chapter are worth the purchase alone.

  • Words Without Music

  • A Memoir
  • By: Philip Glass
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late twentieth-century classical music. Rapturous in its ability to depict the creative process, Words without Music allows listeners to experience that sublime moment of creative fusion when life merges with art. Biography lovers will be inspired by the story of a precocious Baltimore boy who entered college at age fifteen before traveling to Paris to study under the legendary Nadia Boulanger; Glass devotees will be fascinated by the stories behind Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, among so many other works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Master J. A. Ware on 29-05-18

fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-18

Well written and fascinating autobiography, it also offers great context of the world Glass was in during his still active musical career.

  • A Farewell to Arms

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Farewell to a good listen

  • By James on 16-12-07

Utterly crushing, beautifully written.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

fantastic book, gripping and beautifully written.

The descriptions of the moonlit countryside passing as they sailed was a highlight.

  • Mrs. Dalloway

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pure enchanting magic...

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-09-11

A single day

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

I was Intrigued to read this book after seeing the fantastic film 'the hours' which borrows heavily from this film.

Clarissa dalloway throws a party, whereas Woolfe throws you deep into the consciousness of each character, making you realise that a single day can capture everything you've ever thought in your life.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Bronte
  • Narrated by: Janet McTeer, David Timson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A near perfect Reading.

  • By Colin on 28-04-09

Cathy don't wait, your no longer making time.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-10-17

The guitarist from the brilliant band Slowdive mentioned this book as a source of inspiration for their latest album's lyrical material which inspired me to give it a go.

Wuthering heights is more of a gothic drama than the romantic novel I was expecting and much of the book I felt would require being read rather than heard to fully appreciate.

The book documents the doomed love story between an adopted, nomadic young man and the privileged daughter he falls in love with. From this initial love interest explodes a sometimes confusing and incestuous tale of how love can tear people and families apart.

My relatively uneducated brain enjoyed the book and the imagery it created, but the ultimate message for me was = if you live in rural Yorkshire, you may sleep with your cousin.

would recommend for the seasoned reader.

  • The Lost Continent

  • Travels In Small Town America
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The road trip you're dying to take

  • By Miss on 13-04-13

Perfect

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-17

A perfect travel book, Bryson's observations of small town America are both humerous and educational.

Dispite the sarcasm and negativity he displays towards the majority of things, there is a fondness in his writing as he revisits the things from his childhood.

There is an underlying poignancy to this book, despite making fun of his father in particular he clearly deeply loved the man and the less than spectacular places he took Bryson. his father is described in a very relatable way.

This book ultimately shows that small town life can appear mundane and stagnant, yet it offers a comforting stability when you return to it many years after leaving. Fantastic and I plan to read all his books.

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  • A Wrestling Life

  • The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable
  • By: Dan Gable, Scott Schulte
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable, famed wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable tells engaging and inspiring stories of his childhood in Waterloo, Iowa; overcoming the murder of his sister as a teenager; his sports career from swimming as a young boy, to his earliest wrestling matches, through the 1972 Olympics; coaching at the University of Iowa from the Banachs to the Brands; life-changing friendships he made along the way; and tales of his family life off the mat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • like bland, warm and comforting porridge.

  • By Master J. A. Ware on 25-06-17

like bland, warm and comforting porridge.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-17

Dan Gable is a legend within wrestling/mma/bjj circles for being one of the finest Olympic wrestlers and wresting coaches. however this book is pretty dull and uninteresting.

this book is essentially short stories from Dan's life , all seem to have a underlying moral message underneath them. There is little information on the technical aspects of the sport or dans actual career. The nature of the book results in a vauge and cobbled together collection of stories.

An incredibly easy listen, but it is the audio equivalent of bland but comforting porridge. Very well read though.

  • Hands of Stone

  • The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran
  • By: Christian Giudice
  • Narrated by: Ozzie Rodriguez
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Roberto Duran is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest boxer of all time, he held world titles at four different weights and is the only boxer in history to have fought in five different decades. His bouts with fellow greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler have gone down in fistic folklore. He finally retired in January 2002 at age 52, with a professional record of 104 wins (69 by KO) in 120 fights. They called him Manos de Piedra: "Hands of Stone".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and thoroughly enjoyable listen!

  • By Nicholas J Callen on 05-02-19

Hands of Stone

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-17

Duran is one of the best boxers of all time, in the ring he had a viciousness it was hard to rival. like many boxers, Duran had a extremely poor and tough upbringing. This book looks into his life and upbringing and how he went from a small child begging for food outside local resturants to a millionaire that always gave back to his roots.

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  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Fantastic book, I could listen to fry speaking for days without getting bored. It picks up where his first book left off and documents his rise to fame with many humourus insights into what he saw on the way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Irish Thunder

  • The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward
  • By: Bob Halloran
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

"Irish" Micky Ward grew up in the 1970s and ’80s as a tough kid from Lowell, Massachusetts - a town where boxers were once bred as a means of survival. A hard worker who overcame bad luck, bad management, and chronic pain in his hands, he avoided the pitfall of poverty and dead-end work that plagued Lowell to become a Golden Gloves junior welterweight. Ward participated in street fights from an early age and was forever known by his opponents and spectators as the underdog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irish Thunder

  • By Ian on 13-04-11

Fantastic book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-17

'Irish' Micky ward was not blessed with an easy upbringing, but was born with an incredible heart and determination. When micky wasn't paving the streets of his crummy hometown Lowell, he was in a boxing ring giving his all.

This book documents the highs and lows micky experienced throughout his boxing career and also covers his turbulent relationship with his infamous brother and trainer dicky ekland.

Despite micky's patchy record, and his reputation of being a journeyman he was feared and threw a vicious left hook to the body that helped him win many of his fights.

This book is a must read for any boxing fan, but micky's story also acts as a motivational tale that shows what determination and courage can achieve for anyone in any walk of life.

The narrator was maybe a little subdued at the beginning, but as the story went on he became more animated, he especially enjoyed reading and acting the ward v. gatti trilogy. Who wouldn't?